Hitachi VTMX-4510A VCR flashing the number 2 in display, then turns itself off when any tape is loaded.
Hi and welcome to JustAnswer,Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance for information purposes only... Initially, other than the flashing "2", any other messages displayed? Offhand, the described symptom of "...turns itself off when any tape is loaded..." would be indicative of an internal hardware issue or more particularly, a mechanical fault. While this could be as simple as a deformed, loose or failed belt, a broken /missing gear tooth or even a stuck motor, there may still be a possible fix; it would not be quick-n-easy and neither is there a workaround. The unit would have to be opened up for visual inspection, voltage measurements, confirm fault and effect repairs. Are you then considering a DIY (do-it-yourself) repair approach? Are you familiar with electronic components, have access to / comfortable in the use of a multimeter and perhaps even a soldering iron/hot-air station? Equally important, could you make use of the repair / Service Manual?Please post back how you would want to approach this and/or should you need additional information.41084.2603593403
No other messages displayed. This VCR is actually fairly new and has been used rarely, so I doubt it's a worn belt, broken tooth, etc. I have built many Heathkits, so am very familiar and comfortable with all the tools you asked about, and have all of them. I downloaded the "Owner's Manual" and read all of it. I cannot find a "Service Manual" anywhere, including the Hitachi website. My question to you is not necessarily about how to fix it, but what does the error code "2" mean? Somewhere there has to be a list of these codes.
Yes, there are error codes though normally, a tape indicator is displayed above the number. These codes are prescribed in the Function Indicator Symbol section of the Service Manual p.1-8-9 (21).On "...what does the error code "2" mean..." and for this model, the tape & 2 indicates a fault in the "tape loading mechanism".Please post back how you would want to approach this and/or should you need additional information.
I failed to mention the tape indicator - it was indeed displayed above the number. I will take the cover off and see what I can see. I doubt that I would pay to have this thing fixed, as I think it only cost about $50 new.
I understand and appreciate the update now / later.There would be a belt on the right side for the cassette loading motor which is also responsible for the cam gear (switch). There is another belt underneath the deck ass'y for the capstan / reel.